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Buhari decorates Chief of Army Staff with new rank


President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya with a new rank of Lieutenant General.


Buhari was assisted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The ceremony which took place at 10: 00 am at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was attended by top military brass including the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of the Air, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj General Sunday Adebayo, DG Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.

The event which held shortly before the commencement of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) currently being presided over by President Buhari, was also witnessed by members of the Cabinet as well as the Chairman of Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume and his counterpart member of the House of Representatives Committee on Army respectively.


Also present was Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defense, Major-General Bashir Salihu Magashi and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Hajiya Salamatu Yahaya, among others.

Lt Gen Yahaya takes over from late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash on May 21.

Gen Yahaya succeeds Ibrahim Attahiru, a lieutenant general who died in an air crash on May 21 along with ten other army officers and men.

Prior to his appointment, the new army Chief served as the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, a counter-insurgency operation in the northeast.

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